Minus the Bear is a Seattle rock band with six releases to their credit. The band features ex-members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving. Their sound involves a mix of Pele-esque guitar-taps and electronics, with a Don Caballero-esque sophistication of composition.
Minus the Bear is known for their amusing song titles, with examples including "Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked," "Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo," "Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!," and "Lemurs, Man, Lemurs." Despite this light humor, the band's music is quite technical. The name Minus the Bear comes from the famed TV show B.J. and the Bear — minus the bear.
On January 2, 2006 Matt Bayles, keyboardist and producer for Minus the Bear, announced that he was leaving the band in order to focus on record production work. His last performance with the band was on January 28, 2006. Matt Bayles wrote on his homepage that he would be replaced by Alex Rose, an Engineer on Menos el Oso.
Their second full-length album, Menos el Oso, was released on August 23, 2005 on the label Suicide Squeeze. The singles "Hooray" and "Houston We Have Uh-Oh..." have been featured on popular music websites such as PureVolume. This release signaled the end to the amusing song titles featured on previous releases.
A remix album of Menos El Oso, entitled 'Interpretaciones Del Oso', was released on February 20th, 2007, featuring remixes by Plan B, Morgan Henderson of The Blood Brothers and Jason Clark of Pretty Girls Make Graves, among others.
Minus the Bear's third full-length album, titled 'Planet Of Ice' was released on August 21, 2007 on Suicide Squeeze, with a limited vinyl pressing on Suburban Home Records. The album was recorded during February/March 2006 and, as of late May, has been leaked onto the internet.
Dave Knudson - guitar Cory Murchy - bass Alex Rose - synthesizer, drum machine, vocals, electronics, saxophone Jake Snider - lead vocals, guitar Erin Tate drums
Matt Bayles - vocals, keyboards/drum machine, electronics
Dave Knudson - used to play in Botch Jake Snider - used to play in Sharks Keep Moving Erin Tate used to play in Kill Sadie Corey Murchy used to play in Kill Sadie